CONWAY, Ark. - On the road to start their spring break, the Men's Tennis Team revisted a common opponent from last year's campaign and avenged a 6-3 loss to the Hendrix College Warriors at home with a convincing 8-1 win.
Doubles play last year in Sherman went the way of the Warriors 3-0. But this year, the 'Roos were convinced to test their mettle against Hendrix and with wins from Ambulo/Granberry at Line 1 and Oxenreiter/Kubena at Line 3, claimed a 2-1 lead going into singles competition.
Erik Meendsen played lights-out tennis in the first set, then found himself in a fight for the second set against Garimella, prevailing 7-5 with mental toughnes and a consistent plan of attack.
Cedric Ambulo played some of the best tennis of his career against McVinney from Hendrix, winning 6-2, 6-2 against a tough opponent.
Jeff Kubena struggled to gain his footing in his first set, but found his stride in the second set, winning Line 6 and completing the singles sweep 7-5, 6-0.
Austin College returns to the courts later today as they face off against the University of the Ozarks on the campus of Hendrix College at 3:00pm.
Austin College 8, Hendrix College 1
Hendrix College Tennis Courts
Cedric Ambulo (AC) def. Ian McVinney (HC) 6-2, 6-2
Erik Meendsen (AC) def. Karthik Garimella (HC) 6-2, 7-5
Josh Granberry (AC) def. Kristian Lenser (HC) 6-3, 6-3
Preston Glasscock (AC) def. Kiran Chakka (HC) 6-2, 6-0
Will Crouch (AC) def. Ilya Pound (HC) 6-0, 6-3
Jef Kubena (AC) def. Dan Habernicht (HC) 7-5, 6-0
Ambulo/Granberry (AC) def. Garimella/Lenser (HC) 8-2
McVinney/Chakka (HC) def. Meendsen/Glasscock (AC) 9-7
Kubena/Oxenreiter (AC) def. Habernicht/Sweeney (HC) 8-6
Austin College: 3-4 (0-1)
Hendrix College: 4-4 (0-1)
Order of Finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2) Singles (5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 6)